Chelsea vs. Southampton: FA Cup 2018 Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2018

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Pedro of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on April 14, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Chelsea and Southampton will meet in the semi-finals of the 2018 FA Cup on Sunday, just over a week after the two clubs did battle in the Premier League.

The Blues mounted a furious―and controversial―comeback to beat Saints 3-2 in that match, setting the stage for what should be another entertaining contest.

                

Date: Sunday, April 22

Time: 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

TV Info/Live Stream: BT Sport (UK), Fox Sports (U.S.)

                 

Vengeance on their Minds

These two teams battled on April 14 in a Premier League classic that had everyone talking. Southampton took a two-goal lead through Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek but were left furious when Marcos Alonso wasn't sent off for a horror tackle on Shane Long.

The Spain international then played a crucial role in the comeback, with Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard turning the situation around for the Blues in less than 10 minutes.

Alonso was retroactively punished by the Football Association and won't feature in the semi-final.

While Saints won't be able to get the better of Alonso this time around, they will be keen to finish the job against Chelsea.

                       

Priorities

Both teams will have a choice to make with regard to their team selections and the rest of the Premier League season. Chelsea face a tough battle to finish in the top four and qualify for next year's UEFA Champions League, while time is starting to run out for Southampton in the battle against relegation.

Saints, in particular, might be better off prioritising the league over the FA Cup and resting some of their key players on Sunday. While it's great to end the season with a trophy, it wouldn't be much of a consolation if the team goes down to the Championship.

Chelsea sit five points behind fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur in the standings with four matches still to play, but momentum is not on their side. For the Blues, a run at the FA Cup seems more sensible.

              

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

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